Joe Layne – The End: Soberingly Pensive Alt Acoustic Folk

With his latest single “the End” up and coming singer-songwriter Joe Layne created an arrestingly melodic rendition of acoustic alternative folk which won’t fail to leave you sobered.

Joe’s expressively raw vocals sat perfectly against the Americana-inspired bluesy rhythm of the instrumentals. The melodies comprised of tentatively resounding piano notes against acoustic and electric guitar. The intricacy of the multi-layered beat packed in influences from the likes of the Beatles and Radiohead, yet, instrumentally soundscape is as pioneeringly original as it gets.

No amount of flowery words could ever encapsulate the raw, pensive emotivity of the End. Whilst it would be easy to compare Joe Layne’s vocal style against the likes of Tom Waits, Elliot Smith, Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley that in no way celebrates his quaintly authentic reinvention of the soulful sound. On top of that you have the weighted, absolutist lyrics which I’m pretty sure contain a piece of Joe Layne’s soul.

You can check out the End for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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